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The $12,500 added money is sure to attract the best riders in the country. Five different stock contractors bringing in a trailer full of National Finals Rodeo bucking horses will ensure a memorable competition from the animal side.

And of course, an Xtreme Bares and Broncs event in the very arena that will eventually host the 100th anniversary of the Ellensburg Rodeo will set the tone for things to come in September.

Rodney Harwood: award-winning journalist and columnist. Lover of golf and the written word. I can be reached at

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